EURO working group on Retail Operations

EURO working group on Retail Operations
NameEURO working group on Retail Operations
BoardMaria Antónia da Silva Lopes de Carravilla, Universidade do Porto, Portugal
Jan Fransoo, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
Heinrich Kuhn, Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany
Victor Martinez de Albeniz, IESE Business School, University of Navara, Spain
Stefan Minner, Technical University Munich, Germany
Baris Tan, Koç University Istanbul, Turkey
Purpose and historyThe purpose of this new EURO Working Group on Retail Operations (denoted as EWG on Retail Ops) is to advance the development and application of Operations Research (OR) methods, techniques and tools in the field of Retail Operations. This EURO Working Group will support both academic and applied research.

Retail operations emerged as a substantial and important area of research in recent years. There are several drivers of this advent. Retailing is a large and growing sector of the economy in most countries, both developing and developed. It is a dynamic sector in which changes in markets, firms, and products occur rapidly. Internet retailing changes the operational requirements and competitive landscape. Recent research in retailing has discovered new applications, contexts, and theory, which promise a fertile ground for operations management researchers for many years to come. Further, Retail Operations has unique elements, such as multi-channel operations, assortment planning, shelf-space allocation, and store execution that are different from issues faced by other players in the supply chain. Furthermore, the direct customer interaction requires different models that also take into account the consumer interaction.

The continued development of OR-models, their practical need, and the growing availability of data motivates an increasing number of scientists and practitioners to intensify research on demand and supply-related issues in retail and consumer goods industries. The primary aim of this EWG is to bring together these people and to discuss the recent developments in OR solutions for demand and supply management in Retail Operations. The EWG on Retail Ops is particularly interested in contributions concerned with quantitative analysis, OR applications and decision support systems for the retail and consumer goods industry. Topics should be based on the industry background of retail or consumer goods.

It seems to be the appropriate moment for the OR community to profit from a formal forum where members could discuss their ideas and foster collaborative work in retail operations.

EWG on Retail Ops gathers practitioners, OR researchers and OR educators with interests in the area of Retail Operations and related topics.
Past activities Streams in Euro Conferences
a. EURO 2009, Bonn, Germany, July 5th-8th, 2009; Stream: Demand and Supply in Retail and Consumer Goods, >10 talks.
b. EURO 2010, Lisbon, Portugal, July 11th-14th, 2010; Stream: Demand and Supply in Retail and Consumer Goods, >15 talks.
c. EURO 2012, Vilnius, Lithuania, July 8th-11th, 2012; Stream: Demand and Supply in Retail and Consumer Goods; >10 talks .
d. EURO 2013, Rome, Italy, July 1st-4th, 2013; Stream: Demand and Supply in Retail and Consumer Goods; >25 talks.
e. EURO 2015, Glasgow, Scotland, July 12th-15th, 2015; Stream: Demand and Supply in Retail and Consumer Goods; 23 talks.
 Streams in IFORS Conferences
a. IFORS 2014, Barcelona, Spain, July 13th-13th-18th, 2014; Stream: Demand and Supply in Retail and Consumer Goods; 48 talks.

The first International Workshop on OR in Retail Operations (IW Retail Ops) was scheduled for June 3rd to 6th, 2016 at Castle Hirschberg, Beilngries, close to Munich, Germany.
Future activitiesThe second International Workshop on OR in Retail Operations (IW Retail Ops) is scheduled for May 25th to 27th 2017 at hotel Tuela, Porto, Portugal (

We plan to hold this meeting annually, always in May/June to create a sustainable and long-lasting OR community that is working onretail topics.

Furthermore, we will continue as in the past to organize a stream on "Retail Demand and Supply" at the EURO and IFORS conferences.It is also the objective to organize further streams/session on OR applications in retail operations at other conferences such as POMS Annual conference or International Conference on Operations Research.
PublicationsSpecial Issue on Retail Operations in OR Spectrum (to be published in 2018)
Year established2016
Last modification2017-12-12

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